List of 2012 public holidays

This is the list of 2012 public holidays generally observed in each State and Territory of Australia. Some States and Territories also have additional regional public holidays. Some regional public holidays are referred to below.

For more information on regional holidays, you can Call us or contact your relevant State / Territory department.

Details of State departments are available at Public holidays.

Select a state to view a list of public holidays below.

Holiday Date
New Year's Day Sunday 1 January*
New Year's Day Monday 2 January**
Australia Day Thursday 26 January
Canberra Day Monday 12 March
Good Friday Friday 6 April
Saturday after Good Friday Saturday 7 April
Easter Monday Monday 9 April
Anzac Day Wednesday 25 April
Queen's Birthday Monday 11 June
Labour Day Monday 1 October
Family and Community Day Monday 8 October
Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December
Boxing Day Wednesday 26 December

*Additional public holiday appointed by Minister.
** Substitute public holiday becuase 1 January is on a Sunday.

Holiday Date
New Year's Day Sunday 1 January
New Year's Day Monday 2 January*
Australia Day Thursday 26 January
Good Friday Friday 6 April
Saturday after Good Friday Saturday 7 April
Easter Sunday Sunday 8 April  
Easter Monday Monday 9 April
Anzac Day Wednesday 25 April
Queen's Birthday Monday 11 June
Bank Holiday** Monday 6 August
Labour Day Monday 1 October
Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December
Boxing Day Wednesday 26 December

* Additional public holiday because 1 January is on a Sunday.
** Applies to banks and certain financial institutions

Holiday Date
New Year's Day Sunday 1 January*
New Year's Day Monday 2 January**
Australia Day Thursday 26 January
Good Friday Friday 6 April
Saturday after Good Friday Saturday 7 April
Easter Monday Monday 9 April
Anzac Day Wednesday 25 April
May Day Monday 7 May
Queen's Birthday Monday 11 June
Picnic Day Monday 6 August
Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December
Boxing Day Wednesday 26 December

* Additional day appointed by NT Minister on 3-11-11 because New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday** Substituted day for New Year’s Day because it falls on a Sunday (note-normal operation of NT Public Holidays Act).

Note: Regions of NT have Show days  that require approval and gazetted by the Minister. 2012 days below are not gazetted as at 14 September 2011

Regional observance only

Holiday Date
Borroloola Show Day Friday 29 June
Alice Springs Show Day Friday 6 July
Tennant Creek Show Day Friday 13 July
Katherine Show Day Friday 20 July
Darwin Show Day Friday 27 July

 

Holiday Date
New Year's Day Sunday 1 January
New Year's Day Monday 2 January*
Australia Day Thursday 26 January
Good Friday Friday 6 April
Saturday after Good Friday Saturday 7 April
Easter Monday Monday 9 April
Anzac Day Wednesday 25 April
Labour Day Monday 7 May
Queen's Diamond Jubilee Monday 11 June**
Royal Queensland Show - Brisbane Area Only Wednesday 15 August***
Queen's Birthday Monday 1 October
Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December
Boxing Day Wednesday 26 December

* The Holidays Act 1983 (Qld), as amended by the Holidays and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2011 provides for an additional day to be observed as a public holiday because New Year’s Day is on a Sunday.
** The Holidays Act 1983 (Qld), as amended by the Holidays and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2011 provides for an additional day to be observed as a public holiday in 2012 only. The Queen’s Birthday holiday which was on this day will be on the first Monday in October each year commencing in 2012.
*** Show holidays and other special holidays are also observed on various dates in other regions.

Holiday Date
New Year's Day Sunday 1 January
New Year's Day Monday 2 January*
Australia Day Thursday 26 January
Adelaide Cup Monday 12 March**
Good Friday Friday 6 April
Saturday after Good Friday Saturday 7 April
Easter Monday Monday 9 April
Anzac Day Wednesday 25 April
Queen's Birthday / Volunteers Day Monday 11 June
Labour Day Monday 1 October
Christmas Eve Monday, 24 December**
Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December
Boxing Day / Proclamation Day Wednesday 26 December
New Year’s Eve Monday, 31 December**

* Additional public holiday because 1 January is on a Sunday.
** From 7pm to midnight.

Note: every Sunday in South Australia is a public holiday under the Holidays Act 1910 (SA).

Holiday Date
New Year's Day Monday 2 January *
Australia Day Thursday 26 January
Eight Hours Day Monday 12 March
Good Friday Friday 6 April
Easter Monday Monday 9 April
Anzac Day Wednesday 25 April
Queen's Birthday Monday 11 June
Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December
Boxing Day Wednesday 26 December

* Substitute public holiday because 1 January is on a Sunday.

Holiday Date
New Year's Day Sunday 1 January
New Year's Day Monday 2 January*
Australia Day Thursday 26 January
Labour Day Monday 12 March
Good Friday Friday 6 April
Saturday after Good Friday Saturday 7 April
Easter Monday Monday 9 April
Anzac Day Wednesday 25 April
Queen's Birthday Monday 11 June
Melbourne Cup Tuesday 6 November **
Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December
Boxing Day Wednesday 26 December

* Additional public holiday because 1 January is on a Sunday.
** All of Victoria is entitled to Melbourne Cup public holiday unless an alternate local holiday has been declared for a non-metropolitan municipality. Call us or check the Business Victoria website External link icon.

Holiday Date
New Year's Day Sunday 1 January
New Year's Day Monday 2 January*
Australia Day Thursday 26 January
Labour Day Monday 5 March
Good Friday Friday 6 April
Easter Monday Monday 9 April
Anzac Day Wednesday 25 April
Foundation Day Monday 4 June
Queen's Birthday Monday 1 October **
Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December
Boxing Day Wednesday 26 December

* Additional public holiday because 1 January is on a Sunday.
** Regional local authorities may celebrate the Queen's Birthday Public Holiday on an alternative date, Call us or visit the regional dates listed at the West Australian Department of Commerce website External link icon.

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Page last updated: 05 Dec 2011